By: Susan Erler | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: July 2011
Teresa Gaffney has high praises for her orthopedic surgeon Dr. LaButti.
No one ever wants to hear that they need to have surgery, much less knee replacement surgery. It can be scary and overwhelming. Patients often have a long list of questions and concerns that need to be addressed before they head to the hospital. First and foremost on that list is finding a doctor who can perform the surgery and get you back on your feet again. Dr. Ronald LaButti is board certified and fellowship trained. If you find yourself facing knee or hip surgery, he is at the top of his field, with a long list of patient testimonials to prove it. One such patient who recently had knee replacement surgery is Teresa Gaffney, and she is quick to sing the praises of Dr. LaButti.
Teresa’s story is pretty common in some respects, but in others, she was a tough case to work on. Four years ago, she started developing a bad ache in the back of her right knee. As a self-employed person, she found herself putting off going to the doctor due to a lack of insurance coverage. “My knee actually started bowing out to the right,” she says. “I was in extreme pain all the time, living my days on Tylenol and without the ability to do even the simplest of tasks.”
Finally able to find insurance, Teresa began to seek out a professional orthopedic surgeon and was referred to Dr. LaButti by her primary care physician in Collinsville. “When my doctor looked at my knee, he immediately knew the best in the Tulsa area to treat my situation, and that was Dr. LaButti,” explains Teresa.
Teresa says that her entire experience with Dr. LaButti has been incredible right from the start. “I can’t say enough about how wonderful he and his staff were to me,” says Teresa. “Everyone from the receptionist to the nurses, all the way up to the doctor himself, took the time to answer my questions and make sure that I was completely comfortable with the entire procedure. Even after the surgery, they checked on me to see if I was having any problems whatsoever. They really do care about their patients.” She had her surgery on December 31, 2010, and within three days was getting up and around with the help of a walker. Soon after, she was walking on her own and actually stunned her nurses when she walked in, unassisted, to get her stitches taken out only 14 days later. Since then, Teresa marvels at her new lifestyle. “Before surgery, my life was so confined,” says Teresa. “I couldn’t stand for more than a few minutes; I couldn’t get in and out of my car easily and certainly not without pain. My entire life revolved around my knee pain.”
Now, she is thrilled with her new mobility. Teresa and her husband own their own business, Son Set Consultants, where she is able to work from home. Before, she couldn’t get outside to visit customers; now there is no stopping her. “I can get out and do anything,” Teresa explains. “I feel like Dr. LaButti gave me my life back.”
If you or a loved one is experiencing pain or discomfort in the knee or hip area, give Dr. LaButti a call. His friendly and caring staff will help answer all of your questions and are devoted to helping you live your life pain free. Visit www.hipandkneedoc.com to learn more or call (918) 528-4780 to schedule your first appointment. Take it from Teresa Gaffney: “You will be glad you called – I am!”